interest1 of 2
: a feeling that accompanies or causes special attention to something or someone : concern
: something or someone that arouses such attention
: a quality in a thing or person arousing interest
: a charge for borrowed money generally a percentage of the amount borrowed
: the profit in goods or money that is made on invested capital
: an excess above what is due or expected
returned the insults with interest
interested; interesting; interests
: to engage the attention or arouse the interest of
: to induce or persuade to participate or engage
Noun She told us about her lifelong interest in music. The kids listened to the speaker for a little while, but then lost interest. The speaker wasn't able to hold their interest. She took an active interest in the political debate. He expressed an interest in learning more about photography. The stories about his personal life add interest to the book. I thought this article might be of interest to you. We visited many places of interest on our vacation. The price of the ticket was a matter of interest to everyone. Music is one of her many interests. Verb Military history doesn't really interest me. It might interest you to know that the woman in this photograph is your great-grandmother. It interested me to learn that she had once lived in California. The salesman tried to interest me in a more expensive computer. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
NounHigher rates have also hurt many smaller and mid-sized banks, in part because customers have pulled deposits in search of higher interest at money-market funds. —Joe Mcdonald, ajc, 5 June 2023 Also, suddenly, there’s a lot of interest in the border. —Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2023 Federal Reserve officials indicated that the central bank will likely take a breather on raising interest rates at its June meeting after ten consecutive hikes. —Krystal Hur, CNN, 4 June 2023 His automotive interests run the gamut from convertibles and camper vans to sports cars and luxury SUVs. —Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 2 June 2023 Artificial intelligence contributed to nearly 4,000 job losses last month, according to data from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, as interest in the rapidly evolving technology's ability to perform advanced organizational tasks and lighten workloads has intensified. —Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 2 June 2023 But many potential homebuyers are opting to wait in the face of high interest rates. —Erin Hayes Burt, Dallas News, 1 June 2023 Meanwhile, interest in crypto among family offices, which invest in many VC firms, is waning. —Leo Schwartz, Fortune Crypto, 1 June 2023 The judgment was a major victory for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Canberra Times — and, said experts, for Australian journalism and the public interest. —Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, 1 June 2023
VerbThe role interests her because of its focus on investigating what went wrong when an engineering project failed. —IEEE Spectrum, 22 May 2023 The struggles of regular Texas just don't interest him. —Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 8 May 2023 The couple encourages people of color interested in travel to get out there and do it, but to be prepared first. —Jalyn Robinson, Travel + Leisure, 3 May 2023 Human suffering can lead to one choosing to take its own life — the emotions behind behavior and where those emotions come from are things that interest me. —Billboard Japan, Billboard, 17 Apr. 2023 Take advantage of your LinkedIn and alum network by connecting with people in jobs and industries that interest you. —Jeremy Walsh, Quartz, 4 Apr. 2023 Of putting yourself potentially in danger, but going and exploring something that interests you in the moment. —Tina Isaac-goizé, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2023 Donohue tried to interest a personal injury lawyer in taking her case. —Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Mar. 2023 Answering those questions is a great way to narrow down your career search and identify specific areas within the field of psychology that may interest you. —Halla Mannering, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2022 See More
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